COLOCCINI RULED OUT

Fabricio Coloccini suffered a groin injury during a training session with his national side Argentina 2 weeks ago which has left him unable to play with Newcastle in their last matches.

His recovery was expected to be complete in Christmas although recent reports that have been airing are suggesting that the veteran defender might be able to get into the pitch sooner than what was initially believed.

COLOCCINI NOW HAPPY

Fabricio Coloccini, who came extremely close to leaving Newcastle United last January, has revealed that he is now happy to stay at Tyneside after sorting out his differences with the club.

The Argentine defender was linked with a move back to his home country with San Lorenzo extremely interested in securing his services. The 31-year-old said that he wanted to leave Newcastle because of several personnel problems, but Newcastle were steadfast in their refusal to allow the player to leave on a free transfer.

He was signed by the club for £ 10 million a few years ago and he has become one of the important members of the squad. He is the captain of the club right now, and Newcastle wanted much of the transfer fee they paid for him. San Lorenzo were unable to come up with the fee, which was astronomical for Argentine clubs with their limited resources. Ahead of the opening match of the season against Manchester City, Coloccini has said that he is very much looking forward to the year ahead with Newcastle.

He has said that there was definitely desire to leave Newcastle back in January, but it is all behind him now and he wants to give his best to Newcastle.

"My dream is to play at the top level of football. My family could understand that and that's why I'm here now. My relationship with Newcastle and with the fans was very important in helping me to make my decision. I've supported San Lorenzo since I was small, but I feel something for Newcastle now. It's well known that Pope Francis is a big San Lorenzo fan. He has a season ticket and everything," said Coloccini.

Newcastle recently received an offer for midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Arsenal. He is unlikely to play in the match against City.

Cisse and Newcastle United resolve Wonga dispute

Papiss Demba Cisse and Newcastle United have reached an agreement which will see the Senegalese international striker wear the controversial Wonga logo on the shirt next season despite his religious beliefs against money lending organizations.

Cisse, who is a practicing Muslim like many other players in the Magpies lineup, pulled out of the club’s pre-season training program after informing the club he was not ready to promote a money lending organization. However, with talks between the player and the club going on for over a week, it seems that there has been a resolution and the Senegalese striker is satisfied enough to be available for selection again.

The 28 year old has already been told to return to training with the first team after being told to train on his own as the club jetted off for their pre-season friendly matches. Cisse was not the only player in the Newcastle United team to object to the club’s new sponsors and although he took so long to come round and agree to play for the club with logo on their shirt, the likes of Chieck Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa have already accepted the club’s stance on their new shirt sponsors.

The new sponsorship deal between the club and Wonga was announced last October with the high interest pay day loan company taking over the shirt sponsorship of the Magpies from Virgin Money for a reported £ 8 million a year.

PFA chief Bobby Barnes had sided with Newcastle United in June regarding the issue, admitting the clubs needed to find new ways of generating revenue and he didn’t see anything wrong with them signing with Wonga and now, Cisse has also accepted the stance with the club with having reached a solution with the club after a week of negotiations.

COMEBACK SOON

Fabricio Coloccini has joined the Newcastle United squad and he might be making his comeback at some point of time in April.

Coloccini had returned to Argentina after getting injured in the Premier League match against Southampton. He was trying to make a clearance in that match and in order to do that, he had injured his back severely.

The scan reports later showed that there were a couple of fractures in Coloccini’s back. So, he returned home to rest for a few days. Now, his fitness has improved and he is back to Newcastle again.

A few days before getting injured, Coloccini had said that he wanted to join an Argentinean club. So, when he returned to Argentina after the match against Southampton, there were speculations that he had played his last match for Newcastle and he would never return.
But, Coloccini proved those speculations wrong and returned to the club. He is expected to start light training at some point of time in this week.

In Coloccini’s absence, the French centre back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has got playing opportunities and he has performed quite well.

However, the manager of Newcastle United, Alan Pardew, has made it clear that Coloccini is still his first choice centre back and he is desperately waiting for his return.

Talking to the reporters about the fitness of Coloccini, Pardew said, “We are expecting him to get 100% fit in 2-3 weeks. May be towards the end of this month, he will be back in action.”
“I am glad that he has joined the camp. He is the skipper and a very experienced player as well. So, his presence in the camp is good for us.”

Newcastle’s next match is against Benfica. That will be a Europa League quarterfinal encounter and will be played on Thursday at Estadio da Luz.

CLOSE TO LEAVING

The captain of Newcastle United, Fabricio Coloccini, has disclosed that he was on the verge of leaving the club last month because of some personal issues, but, those issues are now sorted out and he will continue playing for Newcastle till the end of this season.

When asked whether he wanted to take a transfer during the mid season transfer window, Coloccini said, “Yes, I wanted to leave because of some personal problems. Those problems were not related to my wages. Those were about something else. But, all my problems have been solved now and I will carry on playing for Newcastle for the remaining of the season.”

“Returning to Argentina is still a possibility, but, I will decide about it at the end of the season. I don’t want to think about these things in the middle of the season.”

“Staying away from home is not easy. I have been doing this since the last 13 years, but, now, I want to return to Argentina. Let’s see what happens at the end of the season.”

The Argentinean club San Lorenzo had shown interest in Coloccini during the mid season transfer window. When asked about that, Coloccini said, “I have been a San Lorenzo fan since a long time. So, it’s nice that they wanted to have my services. As I said, I will give it a thought, but, after the completion of the ongoing season.”

Coloccini has been a part of the Newcastle squad since the last 4 and half years. He had signed for Newcastle in August 2008 after leaving Deportivo La Coruna. He has made 158 appearances for Newcastle United so far and has found the back of the net four times.
In the ongoing season, Coloccini has featured for Newcastle United in 22 matches.

PARDEW DEFENDS COLOCCINI

The Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said that the Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini did not intend to hurt the Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez in a match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at Anfield. The match finished as a 1-1 draw, but the recuperations have continued since then.

The defender Fabricio Coloccini has been claimed to have hurt the Uruguay striker purposely in the bit to injure him, but that has been dismissed immediately by the manager Alan Pardew. He has also said that Newcastle will be considering the prospect of appealing against the red card received by the player.

The 30-year-old Argentine defender received only his second marching orders since arriving in English football many seasons ago, and Alan Pardew has said that he is not the kind of player who will go out and intentionally injure a player.

He has said that he is also not bothered about the criticism from other people, and is also not looking for the captain to, with a public apology. It is expected that Fabricio Coloccini will make it into the starting line-up for the Europa league match against Bruges as he will not be available for the next three Premier league encounters.

“I’m not bothered about anyone else’s criticism. Colo is fine, he doesn’t have to apologise. In my book he is a fantastic captain and a player who has carried that mantle with great honour. One mistimed tackle, whether you think it was intentional or not, some angles suggest not, should not stain what has been a fantastic period for him That is why he is back in the Argentina squad,” said the Newcastle manager. Alan Pardew will also be without Cheick Tiote for the match against West Ham United during the weekend. Newcastle have just one victory in the last five matches.

PARDEW WORRIED ABOUT COLOCCINI

The manager of Newcastle United, Alan Pardew, has said that he is worried about Fabricio Coloccini’s injury and he wants the Argentinean defender to come back in the team soon. Coloccini has got a severe hamstring strain due to which he wasn’t able to play in Newcastle’s first two matches of the ongoing season.

Like Lionel Messi, he was also not able to play for the Argentina National Team against Paraguay in the World Cup qualifying match and according to the reports, he is not expected to get fit before the match between Argentina and Peru. Coloccini is the skipper of Newcastle and also a vital member of the team. The Newcastle’s defense has looked a bit fragile in Coloccini’s absence in the opening two games.

Coloccini has been playing for Newcastle since the last 4 years. He had joined the club in 2008 on a contract of five years. He has been pretty consistent during his tenure at Newcastle so far. He soon established himself as one of the key players of the team. At the end of the 2010-11 season, Alan Pardew had praised him a lot and said that Coloccini was one of the best defenders going around. He was given the captaincy at the start of the last season and he did a fine job as the captain of the team.

Apart from Coloccini, some other key players of Newcastle are also injured. Ryan Taylor would not be able to play in the remaining part of the season due to the severe knee injury that he had discovered last week. Danny Simpson has also been ruled out for a month due to the hamstring injury. The injuries of the senior players have created a lot of problems for Pardew.

However, the Newcastle manager said that the injuries are part and parcel of the game and he would have to get on with the resources that he has got at the moment. As per Pardew, the young guys would have to step up and take the responsibility in the absence of the senior players.

MORE TRANSFERS NEEDED

Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini has said that he is hoping that the club was even more active in the summer transfer window. Newcastle have made some shrewd signings in the summer transfer window after finishing in fifth position last season.

Many are expecting that Newcastle will be able to kick on from this finish and qualify for the Champions League this time around. Even though Fabricio Coloccini accepts that it is quite to be extremely tough in order to do that, he is hoping that the signings that the club make in the summer transfer window prove to be essential towards this cause.

The Newcastle United captain is likely to see the return of Andy Carroll to Tyneside. The Liverpool striker moved to Anfield in 2011 for a transfer fee of £ 35 million, but his value has decreased rapidly after not performing well in these 18 months. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew recently revealed that he would like to bring the striker back to St James's Park, but only on a loan deal. However, he has said that the loan deal would be made permanent in the summer his Andy Carroll rediscovered his scoring touch. Liverpool, though, are insisting upon a permanent deal.

"We'll have to wait and see, but I hope so. It is going to be interesting. Hatem and Yohan are back now, too. That can only boost our players here. We want to see them back and fit again. It was good to be back. The pitch was heavy and it was tough because of the rain. We were disappointed to concede a goal in the last minute. But we have to pull out the positive things," said the Newcastle United defender after the 1-1 draw with Turkish club Fenerbahce in a friendly match.

CITY CHASE COLOCCINI

Manchester City are looking at the possibility of securing Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini in the summer transfer window. The 29-year-old has impressed for Newcastle United in the last four seasons after arriving at the club back in 2008.

Even though he was initially criticised for his poor performances, he has grown to be one of the best defenders in the country. Manchester City secured the signature of Joleon Lescott from Everton many seasons ago, but it is thought that manager Roberto Mancini does not see him as a top player. As a result, he wants to replace Joleon Lescott with either Fabricio Coloccini or Daniel Agger.

The Liverpool defender has also been linked with a move away from the club after seeing the club failed to get the Champions League football for the third consecutive season. Daniel Agger has been at the club for many seasons, but the Danish international has revealed that he wants to play in the Champions League football more regularly. Manchester City recently won the Premier league title and they will be looking to target to do well in the Champions League this season. They have been knocked out of the competition at very early stages in the last couple of seasons.

Joleon Lescott has not been performing at his best in the European competitions. The England defender was once again not at his best with the national team at the Euro 2012. Prior to the start of the New Year, it was thought that Lescott would be offered a new contract along with James Milner and Gareth Barry. However, his poor form in the second half of the season has introduced certain confusion amongst the board. They are prepared to sell him if the fee, which is thought to be around £ 12 million, is right.

COLOCCINI STILL CONFIDENT

Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini has said that the club are still confident of finishing in the top four, which will provide them Champions League football after many seasons.

Newcastle last qualified for the Champions League while they were under the stewardship of the late Bobby Robson. Since then, they have been relegated to the Championship and have just been promoted back to the Premier league.

They were not expected to be in the top half of the table, but they have defied expectations to reach the lofty heights of the top four. However, the 4-0 defeat at the hands of Wigan during the weekend has seriously damaged their hopes of finishing ahead of Tottenham and Chelsea.

Yet, Newcastle defender and captain Fabricio Coloccini has said that the club are still confident ahead of the crucial match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. Newcastle will be making the trip to London after having just been beaten by Wigan.

This was their first defeat in the last six matches. Newcastle came into the match against Wigan having won the six matches prior to it, but looked totally out of sorts against Roberto Martinez' men. After facing Chelsea, Newcastle will be up against the tough fixture in the form of Manchester City on Sunday.

“The Champions League is like a dream for us. We still have a chance to fight for it. We’re having a great season, so our confidence is still high. We know we have to get something at Chelsea. We know a Europa League place is in the bag, so we can push for a top-four finish. Wigan was a test for us and we were disappointing. Now we’ve three more tests,” Fabricio Coloccini said ahead of the meeting with Chelsea on Wednesday night.

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